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Cursed With a Name That Computers Can't Handle

When Jennifer took her new husband's last name, the headache began

(Newser) - There are the amusing stories involving marriage and last names (remember the Burger-King wedding ?) and then there's this one from the BBC : It opens with the story of a woman named Jennifer, who made the seemingly innocuous decision to take her husband's last name of "Null.... More »

UK Wants Public to Name Vessel, Gets 'Boaty McBoatface'

The man who first suggested the name has since apologized

(Newser) - When the Natural Environment Research Council in the UK put the naming of its $300 million Antarctic survey vessel to a public vote online, well, the Internet had a little fun. NERC asked for "an inspirational name that exemplifies the work" the ship will do, and suggestions ranged from... More »

Guy Changes Name to 'Bacon Double Cheeseburger'

'No regrets,' says British man

(Newser) - We get that if your name is Simon Smith, you might long for more exotic nomenclature. But this British bloke admits his recent name change was "the culmination of probably too many drinks in the pub," per the Evening Standard . Smith, now officially known as Mr. Bacon Double... More »

Memorable Facebook Name Isn't Real After All

Australian man reveals 'Phuc Dat Bich' was a hoax

(Newser) - As the Sydney Morning Herald puts it, Phuc Dat Bich "faked dat" name. The 23-year-old Australian who convinced the world that his awkward-sounding name had resulted in Facebook shutting down his account now says the whole thing was a hoax. He apparently spilled the beans after SBS News contacted... More »

Basketball Player's Last Name Is the (F) Bomb

Guy Carbagiale won't change his very unique surname

(Newser) - For the record, it's pronounced "Foo-key." It's the spelling of the last name, however, that's drawing attention: Meet Guy Carbagiale Fuck, a talented basketball player for Medicine Hat College. For a while, his school shied away from using his surname publicly, but that changed this... More »

Here Are the 20 Sexiest Names

As revealed by survey of ... baby name website visitors

(Newser) - If you're looking to attract a mate and your name happens to be Scarlett or Alessandro, you're already in good shape. A new survey—carried out by —finds that those are the sexiest names for females and males, respectively. The rest of the top 10... More »

Married Women, Fight for Your First Name

Don't give in to antiquated formalities: Catherine Rampell

(Newser) - As she prepared for her upcoming wedding, Catherine Rampell allowed herself one "unyielding, Bridezillian demand"—she insisted that her invitations use women's first names. That is, she didn't want them going out to "Mr. and Mrs. John Doe" as tradition for some reason still dictates,... More »

Man's First Name Is 63 Words Long

First word: Kim-Jong

(Newser) - And you thought "Lianne Madonna Vogue On The Cover Of A Magazine McHale Dawson" was an unusual name. A Swedish 25-year-old lays claims to what the Local speculates may be the world's longest name; it holds the record in Sweden. Though the former Alexander Ek goes by Papah... More »

America Is Home to 1,513 George Washingtons

But he's not even close to claiming top spot for most popular founding father name

(Newser) - George Washington, America's first president, can claim 1,513 namesakes alive in the US today, according to a new WhitePages analysis , but that actually ranks fourth on the list of most popular Founding Father names. Second president John Adams tops the list with 9,893, while Revolutionary War financier... More »

Family's Problem: Daughter Harriet's Name 'Illegal'

But Hjörný, Haddý, Hekla, Hrafnhildur are just fine in Iceland

(Newser) - You might see why a government would be reluctant to hand Adolf Hitler a passport, but what's so bad about Harriet? A couple living in Iceland say the government has refused to issue their 10-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son new passports because their names, Harriet and Duncan, aren't... More »

After 14 Years, 'Jacob' No Longer Top Boy Baby Name

It's replaced by 'Noah,' while 'Sophia' reigns again for girls

(Newser) - Noah sailed past Jacob to become the most popular baby name for boys in 2013, ending Jacob's 14-year run at the top. Sophia was the most popular baby name for girls for the third straight year, according to the Social Security Administration's list of the most popular baby... More »

To Sound Smarter, Use Your Middle Initial

And if you want people to trust your kid, give him an easy-to-pronounce name: studies

(Newser) - Want to be seen as an intellectual? Here's an easy first step: Start using your middle initial in writing. Doing so, a study finds, boosts "positive evaluations of people's intellectual capacities and achievements." The study—run by researchers Wijnand A.P. van Tilburg and Eric R.... More »

Mexican State Bans 'Rambo,' 60 Other Odd Names

'Facebook,' 'Circumcision' also off-limits in Sonora

(Newser) - Parents in the Mexican state of Sonora will no longer be allowed to name their children "Facebook," ''Rambo," or 59 other now banned given names. The weird names have been found at least once in state registries and the list could grow because officials are... More »

Woman With 36-Character Last Name Wins Fight With Hawaii


(Newser) - You will never, ever, ever see Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele's last name in lights or a headline, but the Hawaii woman can now at least see her hefty surname in its entirety on her driver's license. As the AP reports, Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele (try writing that without the crutch of... More »

Now Hot: Giving Your Baby a Duck Dynasty Star's Name

BabyCenter presents the year's top baby names

(Newser) - Think you're soooooo clever naming your baby after a Duck Dynasty star? Think again: Korie and Silas are some of the trendy up-and-comers on BabyCenter's annual baby names survey, along with other pop-culture-inspired names like George (after the royal baby), Kanye (we wish we were joking), and Marnie... More »

Guy Named Batman Jailed for Burglary

Batman bin Suparman pleads guilty to heroin use, theft

(Newser) - Say it ain't so, Batman! An unemployed Singaporean man was sentenced to almost three years in jail today, after failing badly to live up to his name—which is, we are not kidding, Batman bin Suparman. The 23-year-old was arrested in August, after security cameras spotted him breaking into... More »

Hawaii Chops Woman's Super-Long Last Name

It's 'Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele'

(Newser) - Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele was used to her last name not fitting on her Hawaii driver's license, which drops the last letter (and must also exclude her first or middle name). But now her state ID—which she's always carried because it included her full name—also includes the shortened... More »

Today's Hot Baby Names: King, Major, Messiah

Military, aristocracy titles are the new presidential names

(Newser) - The top baby names for 2012 were a pretty unsurprising bunch: Jacob (taking the No. 1 spot for the 14th consecutive year), Mason, and Ethan for boys; Sophia (for the 2nd year in a row), Emma, and Isabella for girls. More interesting: the fastest rising names, which include Major, Messiah,... More »

How I Stopped Being 'Lindsay,' and Became 'Silas'

Silas Hansen writes about his journey

(Newser) - Silas Hansen was called "Lindsay," the name his parents gave him when he was born a girl, for 24 years—but the name never felt like his. "When I look in the mirror, I don’t see a Lindsay. I never have," Hansen writes in a... More »

Top 200 Baby Names of 2012

'Sophia,' 'Aiden' come out on top

(Newser) - It's that time of year again: Time for BabyCenter to tell us this year's "Jennifer" and "Jason." The top baby names of 2012, for girls:
  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
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